MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A teen suspected in a hatchet attack that left the victim with multiple skull fractures earlier this month in Marysville has been arrested.
It was just before midnight on March 2 when police were called to a Taco Bell on State Avenue for a report of a man who had walked into the restaurant bleeding profusely from a large head wound. He told those at the restaurant he had just been attacked with an axe at Totem Middle School across the street.
Investigators believe a woman who was with the 19-year--old suspect had run into the victim, who she had never met before, at a business in the 1000 block of State Avenue asking for help to find the 19-year-old. The man agreed and went with the woman until they found the 19-year-old, then they all agreed to go to Totem Middle School to do drugs, police said.
The woman left to go the Taco Bell then heard the screams was the victim was attacked by the 19-year-old with the hatchet.
Investigators received tips on the suspect's identity and tracked him down to a spot on Evergreen Way on Tuesday night. The man fought with officers, but was eventually taken into custody, police said. That's when officers discovered the man had a second hatchet stuffed down the front of his pants.
The man was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of assault and robbery. The man also had a felony warrant out for his arrest and could face additional charges on drug-related crimes and resisting arrest, police said. The woman who had been with the suspect has not been arrested but remains under investigation.
The victim has since been released from the hospital and is now recovering from four skull fractures, police said.